Orange You Glad He Was DHS Head?

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USA Today–a paper that has had its own share of credibility problems–is reporting that Tom Ridge, the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, wasn't always on board when it came time to go from Lemon Yellow to Orange Orange on the much-derided color-coded terrorism-threat chart (which has always been just too Peter Max for words):

Ridge said he wanted to "debunk the myth" that his agency was responsible for repeatedly raising the alert under a color-coded system he unveiled in 2002.

"More often than not we were the least inclined to raise it," Ridge told reporters. "Sometimes we disagreed with the intelligence assessment. Sometimes we thought even if the intelligence was good, you don't necessarily put the country on (alert). … There were times when some people were really aggressive about raising it, and we said, 'For that?'"

Whole thing here.

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  1. “More often than not we were the least inclined to raise it,” Ridge told reporters.

    I believe Ridge on this. He knows damn well that everytime that color coded chart gets on the news, people riducle him and DHS for its creation.

  2. So in effect, he’s accusing the administration of repeatedly raising the threat level as a political tool for the purpose of media manipulation at the expense of “homeland security”.

  3. Ha! That’s nothing. I still have a pretty sizable cache of duct tape and sheet plastic that I don’t know what to do with.

    Color me plaid.

  4. I still have a pretty sizable cache of duct tape and sheet plastic that I don’t know what to do with.

    Throw in a 5 gallon bucket of baby oil and a 25 pound bail of hay and I would say you got the makings for a Neal Horsley barnyard sex party.

  5. Would this explain why they never raised the alert to the level of Rush’s 1981 seminal rock album Moving Pictures?

  6. Colmes, Alan,

    Even I laughed at that, you jerk. 😀

  7. In the town where laws are born
    Lived a man of travesty
    And he showed his color chart
    In the land of yellow security

    So we sealed our rooms from sun
    Till we found some visqueen
    And we lived beneath the fear
    In our yellow security

    We all live in a yellow security
    Yellow security, yellow security
    We all live in a yellow security
    Yellow security, yellow security

    And our friends have taped their doors
    Many more of them begin to hoard
    And the taxpayer begins to pay

    Chorus

    As we live a life of misery
    Every one of us has to pee
    Tape of gray and visqueen
    In our yellow security

  8. Obligatory Rush lyrics:

    Cruising under your radar
    Watching from satellites
    Take a page from the red book
    Keep them in your sights
    Red alert
    Red alert

    Left and rights of passage
    Black and whites of youth
    Who can face the knowledge
    That the truth is not the truth?
    Obsolete
    Absolute

    The world weighs on my shoulders
    But what am I to do?
    You sometimes drive me crazy
    But I worry about you

  9. Does that ass Ridge think that publicizing his irrelevance to the most visible actions of the agency he was supposed to be running somehow makes him look good?

    Christ, what a tool.

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